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Monday, March 2, 2015
A look at the battle for McCarthy’s seat
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Kevan Abrahams
Nevertheless, Scaturro’s outsider persona and strident, intellectual appeal to conservative principles has won him supporters among the Republican base, especially those who associate themselves with the Tea Party. In 2012, Scaturro lost the Republican congressional primary to County Legislator Francis Becker, but he beat Becker for the Conservative Party’s nomination through a write-in ballot campaign, which propelled Scaturro into the general election against Becker and McCarthy. And Blakeman’s star power has waned since he lost a 1998 race for state comptroller. One year later, he lost his seat in the County Legislature, and the next time he campaigned, in a 2010 race for U.S. Senate, he finished a distant third in the Republican primary. Blakeman declined an invitation to debate Scaturro.

“It comes down to how strong the Republican organization still is as at a time when it’s not always as dominant as it used to be,” Levy said. “And Frank Scaturro is clearly running as an insurgent outside the party … He does have some following among disgruntled Republicans. But it will be interesting to see how well an insurgent Republican can do running against the Republican machine at a time when it’s not quite as strong as it used to be.”

Candidate profiles

Kevan Abrahams (D)

Age: 39

Lives in: Freeport

Family: Wife, Stephanie; children Kennedy and Carter

Education: Bachelor’s degree, Queens College

Career: Nassau County legislator; senior analyst, North Shore-LIJ Health System. Formerly: Budget director, Nassau County Legislature’s Democratic caucus; legislative aide to Rep. Carolyn McCarthy; legislative aide to Rep. Floyd Flake.

Political experience: Elected seven times to Nassau County Legislature’s 1st District since 2002. The district now includes parts of Baldwin, East Meadow, Freeport, Hempstead, Roosevelt and Uniondale. With the support of his fellow Democrats, Abrahams has been the Legislature’s minority leader since 2012.

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AlisonDGilbert

This article has presented a fairly comprehensive picture of the upcoming primaries candidates but has failed in one very important area. Kevan Abrahams who is running against Kathleen Rice for the Democratic spot has repeatedly sought to debate the Nassau DA. She has refused every request. As a result, she has lost the support of many potential backers. Kevan has gained those backers and has the support of many others. Clearly someone who refuses to face their opponent has something to hide, shows a lack of respect for the democratic process and deprives the public of the opportunity to get to know their candidates better. Before anyone goes to the polls on June 24th to cast their vote, think very hard about this. Kevan has nothing to hide. He is an honorable, dedicated man who has already served the residents of Nassau County well. Kathleen Rice may have an impressive platform. But actions speak louder than words. Her actions or repeated lack of action to debate Kevan casts a shadow of doubt upon her viability. This is a crucial point that the Herald candidates profile has not addressed in any detail other than to say, "Rice declined an invitation to debate Abrahams before the primary."

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